Given the horrific history of the Democratic party towards African-Americans, why do black voters still choose Democrats over Republicans? Here are some facts, which can be checked on numerous web sites, including liberal ones. I got many of mine from the History Channel web site.
Democrats were the main supporters of slavery in the Old South. The Republican party, which wasn’t formed until 1854, had the goal of ending slavery. When Lincoln was nominated as the first Republican president, South Carolina vowed that if he were elected they would secede from the Union. Well, he was and they did.
The Civil War (1861) was basically Northern Republicans against Southern Democrats. When the South lost in 1865, John Wilkes Booth, a Democrat, assassinated Lincoln. When Republicans tried to pass the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments in 1870, abolishing slavery and giving blacks the rights to citizenship and voting, Democrats vehemently opposed them.
After the war, during Reconstruction, Democrats were denied the right to hold office in the South; so they formed the KKK in order to fight against Republican leaders and black voters. Once they were allowed to run for office again, Democrats bullied and bribed African-American voters until they had bullied and bribed their way back into office.
It wasn’t long until Democrats had reclaimed the South, and continued to maintain their stranglehold all the way up to the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. Martin Luther King, Jr. – who was joined by many prominent Republicans, including Charlton Heston, president of the NRA – marched on Democrat stronghold Alabama with its radical Democrat governor, George Wallace.
So, what have Democrat Presidents, including Obama, done for the African-American community since the Civil Rights Movement? What have ANY Democrat officeholders done? Black neighborhoods still struggle with poverty and crime, even more than they did back in the 1960s. So, why do African-Americans keep voting for Democrats?
PS – A friend in Atlanta sent me these two links that he believes answer the question. See what you think.